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THE AUSTRIAN PRESS AND INFORMATION SERVICE  AT THE AUSTRIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IS SEEKING A COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Position title:                       
Communications Officer

Location:                              
Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court, NW, Washington DC, 20008

Start of Employment:         
From January 16th, 2016

Salary:                                   
Starting at US$ 3,300.00 gross per month (salary and employment details will be confirmed upon offer of employment)

Responsibilities:

  • Drafting reports on the U.S. media and public diplomacy for the Director of the Austrian Press and Information Service
  • Working with Austrian and U.S. media:
    • Responding to media inquiries for information about various issues on Austrian-American relations
    • Planning media-related events for high-level Austrian delegations
  • Editorial planning and maintaining of the Embassy’s digital presence
  • Editorial planning and writing of articles for the trimestrial publication Austrian Information
  • Occasional planning, organizing and realizing of public diplomacy events
  • Outreach to U.S. government agencies, think tanks, NGOs and interest groups in order to establish contacts
  • Identifying and facilitating opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the field of public diplomacy
  • Representing the Director of the Austrian Press and Information Service at meetings and events
  • Translating official documents (German-English)

Position Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, political science, international relations, or a related field and two years of relevant professional experience

or

  • Graduate degree in communication, political science, international relations, or a related field

Skills Required:

  • Excellent command of written and spoken German and English
  • Sound knowledge of Austrian society, culture, and political landscape
  • Sound knowledge of the political landscape of the United States
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Motivated, detail-oriented, flexible and stress-resiliant
  • Excellent command of MS office
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
  • Experience with content management systems (CMS)

To apply:

Please apply in writing by December 11, 2016, reference: Application for Communications Officer, by e-mail only to: inbox@austria.org   

Applications should include:

 CV in English and German of not more than two pages

 A cover letter in English and German of not more than one page, explaining why you think you are the ideal candidate.

Please do not attach copies of certificates or references. These will be requested at a later stage. Only those applicants who meet the above, detailed requirements will be contacted for an interview. Travel expenses will not be refunded.


Internships at the Embassy

Internships are paid and for the duration of 2-3 months.

Please note that the Embassy cannot offer internships during the summer months of July and August.

There are open spots for interns in the

  • Austrian Press and Information Service
  • Austrian Cultural Forum (read more)
  • Political Department
  • Economic Department

Requirements to meet the criteria of an intern:

- Austrian citizenship
- Active enrollment at an accredited university or recent completion of studies
- Good command of English
- Valid national insurance (accident insurance will be concluded by the employer)
- Interest in the particular field of work

The applicant will be considered if he/ she is

  • A student who has already completed at least three semesters of academic studies and actively pursuits a Bachelor-, Master- Degree or a Magister Degree Program at an accredited Austrian or international university, college or university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule).
  • A young graduate from 21 to 28 years, who wishes to seize more practical knowledge and competencies and gain further professional experience with an outlook within the described field of expertise.  Everybody who, at the time of the internship, has completed a Bachelor- Masters and/ or Magister degree no later than a year prior to the commencement of their internship will be considered a young professional and is eligible for the position.

Interns need to cover the costs for accommodation, transportation and a valid health insurance in the United States (the Austrian student insurance meets these conditions). There is no possibility towards gainful employment after the expiration of the internship.

Please submit a current CV and a cover letter stating your interests and your preferred area of work (department). Applicants will be informed via e-mail regarding the status of their application. Due to the large number of applications, we recommend filing with us in a timely fashion. The Embassy can not guarantee preferred time slots or placement with a specific department, but will do its best to accommodate candidates based on their preferences.

Please submit your application in German language to washington-ob@bmeia.gv.at.

A motivation letter in English must be submitted in addition to your German application materials. 

 

More Information on Departments & Duties

 

Austrian Press & Information Service

The Austrian Press & Information Service invites applications from motivated individuals with strong research and writing skills, and an interest in the theory and practice of new media and public diplomacy. Our office produces several publications both in print and online, closely monitors and evaluates developments in the field of public diplomacy, the U.S. media scene and issues pertaining to the freedom of the press, Internet freedom, and the applications of new media in foreign relations and diplomacy. Candidates for internships should possess a solid academic background either in law, the social sciences or the liberal arts and related subjects and ideally are digital natives with an interest in the before mentioned issue areas. Duties include research, drafting of papers and reports, attending relevant meetings at think tanks, etc, as well as assistance with the everyday tasks of the Press & Information Service. Fluency in German and English is essential.

 

Austrian Cultural Forum at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC

Please follow this link for detailed information

 

Economic Department

The Economic Department invites applications from motivated individuals with strong research and writing skills, and an interest in economic and political affairs. The Economic Department monitors and assesses current developments with particular regard to international and regional trade agreements, the transatlantic economic partnership, budgetary policies and socioeconomic phenomena in the U.S. Candidates for internships should possess a solid academic background either in law, economics, international relations and related subjects. Duties include research, drafting of papers and reports, attending relevant meetings at think tanks, government agencies etc., as well as assistance with the everyday tasks of the Economic Department. Fluency in German and English is necessary.